Learn how to make an easy ladybug craft that’s perfect for preschoolers. This 3D paper craft uses simple techniques and inexpensive supplies, like construction paper, so it’s great for creating in the classroom, at a summer camp, or at home.
Ladybug Craft for Preschoolers
This simple ladybug craft is perfect for young kids. Not only is it easy, but it sneaks in important skills.
3D paper crafts are fun for kids to make. With simple techniques, even preschoolers can make a craft that pops off the page.
This bug craft uses important skills for 4-year-olds. It incorporates skills like basic circle shapes, scissor skills, and fine motor skills.
As a bonus, this classroom activity uses simple craft supplies, like construction paper.
You can use this papercraft in several ways.
- Decorate your classroom or playroom.
- Practice simple circle shapes.
- Create them on cards to give to loved ones.
- Create them at your local library to go with some fun bug books.
- Use this craft during a red-color lesson plan.
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Why do we love crafting with construction paper?
Why do we love paper crafts? Because they secretly teach so many important skills for kids.
- Fine motor skills
- Cutting practice
- Following instructions
- and more!
If you’re looking for more ways to inspire your kids, check out our construction paper book!
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Tips for creating this insect craft
These ladybugs are very simple. But here are some tips to help you along the way.
- To speed up this craft, you can cut the paper circles ahead of time.
- If you don’t want to break out the paint, you can let the kids draw the dots on instead.
- Switch up the bug you’re creating. Try creating stripes on yellow paper or drawing wings on blue paper.
- We have a bug craft template that is similar to this craft. Check it out for an easier craft time.
3D Ladybug Craft
Working with simple circle shapes create this 3D Ladybug Craft!
- Construction Paper - Red, Black, & Green
- Black Paint
- Glue Stick
- Paint Pallet
- Black Marker
- Something Round to Trace
- Start by tracing circles on the construction paper. 4 x red, 1 x black, and 1 x green.
- For the green circle, draw a leaf shape around the circle. Leave plenty of room around the circle for legs.
- Using your pencil eraser, paint on black spots onto the red circles. You could also use a cotton swab or finger for this.
- Place dots on 3 of the 4 red circles. Leave one circle plain. Set to the side to dry.
- Draw 6 legs on the leaf coming out from the circle.
- Cut out and glue the black circle just above the circle. This will create the head.
- Cut out and place the plain red circle inside the outline on the leaf.
- Once the dots are completely dry, fold each of the dotted red circles in half, with the dots toward the inside.
- Glue and stack all 3 together.
- Fan out the ladybug's body and glue it down on top of the red circle.
More preschool crafts you will love!
If you loved this simple construction paper craft, you’ll love these other ideas.
- Rising Sun – A sun craft that can rise and set
- Fingerprint Ants – Paint ants on a paper picnic blanket for a cute craft.
- Tissue Paper Butterflies – Sneak fine motor skills into this easy butterfly project.
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